Honestly, this sums up a lot of things in my life! But of course, as usual, I’m talking about The Rose and the Mask – specifically, its first week as an actual, real-life published book!
So, how has that first week been? Well…
Expectation: my kind and supportive friends and family would buy it, and almost no one else.
Hope: ONE MILLION SALES!!!
Alright, I guess I was a little more restrained than that, but I had all these little scenarios in my head that were, um, less than realistic.
Reality: Okay, well, I probably won’t keep posting the figures (mostly because it’ll get embarrassing and a little sad sooner or later) but here’s how they’re looking right now.
Paperback sales: 21
Ebook sales: 36
Kindle Unlimited Page Reads: 15,187 (equal to about 37 full read-throughs of the book)
(For those of you not in the know: Kindle Unlimited is a subscription service where people pay monthly and can read as many KU-enrolled books as they want – sort of like Netflix for books. Authors/publishers get paid based on how many pages were read. You don’t find out how many people read how much of a book, though, so that 15,000ish could be 37 full reads or it could be 150 people reading 100 pages each, or anything else.)
I definitely don’t have 21+36+37 friends and relations. Not even close. Sooo… expectation exceeded. And honestly, I’m really pleased! And so grateful to the people that bought and/or read it! But… well, if you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you’ll know that I’m never proud of anything I do when there’s the option to feel bad about not doing it better instead. 🙄
But, onwards and upwards! Here’s what I’ve got going on at the moment… you know, besides endlessly refreshing the sales stats.
- I made a Twitter thread suggesting some better ways they could have introduced a gay character in the new Beauty and the Beast movie, in response to the somewhat underwhelming revelation about Lefou.
- I’ve put together a tentative plan for getting The Murano Glass Slipper – the sequel to The Rose and the Mask – written, and maybe even published, by the end of the year. That’s VERY ambitious, given that The Rose and the Mask took three years, but I feel like I learned a lot from that process. Mostly, that I should NEVER EVER EVER NOT EVER start writing a book without working out a scene-by-scene plan first. So I’m working on that at the moment. It’s going… okay? I think?
- There are SO MANY blog posts I want to write. Some about writing The Rose and the Mask, some about the self-publishing process. Hopefully once the nervous excitement about the book being published wears off, I’ll be able to concentrate a bit better. Or at least stop wasting time agonising over the stupid stats! Please feel free to tut disapprovingly at me if you don’t see any of those posts soon. I deserve it.